A proposal for a new crossing on the Menai Straits has won the Welsh regional heat of Pitch 200.
Winning entrant Benji Poulton was praised by the judges for his ability to time his presentation to a video, the injection of Welsh mythology and a confident clear delivery.
The Welsh regional final of Pitch 200 took place at the end of April in Cardiff University’s engineering department with entrants outlining concepts as diverse as BIM, heritage engineering, illustrating bridge building with chocolate bars and demonstrating the density of water with hard boiled eggs.
ICE Head of Communications Simon Creer who was on the judging panel said: “All the contestants deserve credit for rising to the challenge and helping ICE celebrate its bicentenary. More than that they should be proud that they were able to turn their complex, detailed and technical subject matter into presentations that were clear enough for this English literature graduate to understand. The judging panel had an incredibly hard time picking a winner from such a strong field.”
The judging panel comprised Aoghan Teague, geotechnical engineer with Arup, Sarah Jones, chair of the Wales regional commiteee, and Simon Creer.
Other competitors were Cary Langsdale (Arup), Steve Lawrence (Arup), Louise Bungay-Azman (Network Rail), Pete Burns (Arup), Alexandra Koutsouki (Arup) and Joe Hughes (Mott Macadonald) who all performed well. The judges decided that the relevance and strength of Benji Poulton’s presentation proved the strongest entry.
Benji will now take part in the global final of Pitch 200 this November in London where he will compete against other heat winners from around the world.